For the past few days, my Bethlie and I had the privilege of speaking at yet another Couple’s Retreat. It is always an honor to do so and this one was especially so. Cleveland Baptist Church and Pastor Kevin Folger have been long-time friends. We enjoyed being with our friends and were again reminded of how good God’s people have been to us. Bethlie and I are certainly blessed.
One of the things that I do at these retreats is encourage couples to pray – for each other and together. Bethlie and I try to pray together every day. We pray for each other and for our children and for our ministry and for our needs. We take special burdens to the Lord together in prayer! It has been a wonderful asset to our marriage. I encourage each of you to do the same.
Here are four specific “marriage” requests I pray every day. You could pray these for your marriage:
- Help our marriage to be strong.
Isn’t that what we want? A strong marriage. Best friends with each other. God’s favor and blessings in our lives and in our marriage. Yes, God help my marriage to be strong.
- Help our love to be growing.
Dr. Adrian Rogers once taught that if our love is not growing, it is declining. Love is never static. You and I should continually pray that God would help our love to be growing with each passing day. Love requires a lot of investment and each of us should be more in love now than we have ever been.
- Help our words to be sweet.
This is a good request. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29) If our words edify, they ministry grace! Respond to every situation with sweetness. God, help my words to be sweet!
- Help our romance to be “smokin’ hot!”
This is one of my favorite requests! Bethlie and I decided early in our marriage that we would do everything in our power to always keep the romance alive. We go on dates frequently. We write love letters to each other. We flirt shamelessly. We plan times away as often as possible. We meet each others needs. And we even pray about it. God, help our romance to be “smokin’ hot.”
So there you have it. Go ahead and join us! Pray. You will be glad you did.
Thanks for reading.
Your sincere friend,